NREL Post Doctoral Fellow – Grid Integration and Control of Electric Vehicle Fleets in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Post Doctoral Fellow – Grid Integration and Control of Electric Vehicle Fleets



CO - Golden


Position Type

Postdoc (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Summary

The energy systems integration team at NREL is looking for a Post Doctoral Fellow with a positive attitude and excellent collaboration skills to join our cutting-edge research team. The ideal candidate will bring a strong track record in distribution system operations and controls. Application domains include but are not limited to: modeling and simulation of electric vehicle fleets, modeling and simulation of distribution systems, development and evaluation of microgrid and site control strategies and knowledge of bulk grid systems.

The successful candidate will be part of the Energy Systems Optimization and Controls group under the Power Systems Engineering Center (PSEC) at NREL. PSEC supports the science and technology goals of the U.S. Department of Energy and NREL toward a sustainable energy future. The center works with the electricity industry to optimize strategies for effectively interconnecting renewable resources and emerging energy efficiency technologies in the existing electric power system. The center focuses on resolving grid integration barriers and providing improved control and management strategies for increased grid flexibility, consumer empowerment, and transportation electrification.

The job responsibilities include:

  • Working under the supervision of research and senior engineers to investigate research problems and document research and experiments.

  • Working with management and senior staff to develop funding in the distribution automation area.

  • Working across and with technical teams to achieve project objectives while developing new capabilities for NREL

  • Publishing results in technical journals/conference proceedings

  • Presenting work at conferences, symposia, and review meetings.

  • Following all Environment, Safety, and Health policies and procedures to ensure and maintain a safe working environment.

Education, Experience, and Skills:

  • Relevant PhD in Electrical Engineering or computer engineering or other systems engineering fields.

  • Experience with technical computer-based simulations, ideally in energy systems. (See additional preferred qualifications below)

  • Experience with computer programming and software development

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.


Preferred Qualifications

Ideal candidates will have a background and expertise in one or more of the following topics:

  • Experience in developing modeling and simulation tools and electrical models of distribution systems.

  • Experience in developing control algorithms for electric power distribution systems.

  • Experience with grid integration of electric vehicle fleets and studying their impacts on the local and bulk grids

  • Proficiency with electrical system simulation programs (e.g. OpenDSS, GridLAB-D, Matlab/Simulink SimPowerSystems toolbox, PSCAD, SynergGEE, CYMDIST, Distributed Engineering Workstation). Proficiency with transmission simulation tools like PowerWorld, PSS/E, PSLF, MAPS & PLEXOS will be an added advantage.

  • Experience in developing, operating or testing applications of utility management systems like ADMS, EMS, DERMS, Microgrid Controller.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the electric utility industry, regulated and unregulated markets, as well as cutting edge smart grid concepts and developments.

  • Demonstrated experience in performing simulation studies, and conducting real-time simulations using hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) techniques using real-time simulation platforms like Opal-RT and RTDS.

  • Proficiency in programming languages (e.g., Python, C, C++, Java)

  • Knowledge of communication protocols used in power systems.


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